The fifth annual Y10 trip to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales was our best ever yet!
The trip may seem to be very early in to the GCSE course, but it is designed to fulfill many elements in one go – seeing in real life (by walking on and under!) the amazing limestone scenery of the Dales (Rocks, Resources and Scenery topic), investigating the harsh lifestyle of a pastoral hill farm (Changing Rural Environments topic), National Parks and the impact of honeypoint sites (Tourism topic) and even a recap of river systems and processes (Water on the land topic). Furthermore, we aim to engage students in team building activities and challenges to cement a positive group ethos for the forthcoming two years of learning.
A brief summary is as follows, with comments in italics taken from an article written by four students Jess Marsey, Adam Crebbin, Katie Karran-Antrobus and Adam Peet during the journey home on the ferry.
Travel to the Dales. Early start, but definitely worth it.
Tour of hill farm ‘Tennants Gill’ to learn how Swaledale sheep are suited to the conditions, and why farming (without electricity and piped water until 2006!) in upland areas and National Parks is influenced heavily by relief, climate and problems of poor accessibility. The first day included walking around a farm and a woman talking about it 🙂
A land use survey and traffic count of the village of Malham to investigate the impact of tourism and how it is being managed. After that we did a survey when walking around the village in Malham. Haha! Pretty enjoyable because while doing work we still got to socialize 🙂
Then they had to work in the smallest classroom in the world until 9.45 pm! Yawn!
The trip was super fun and the teachers definitely helped with that! The second days waking up was hard as we all had a very early start the day before. Our alarm was Mr MacGregor hitting a saucepan outside the doors of our rooms, it was quite funny and unexpected. The breakfast that we had consisted of cereals and sausages and bacon, which everyone enjoyed. Martin, the cook, did very well :D. That days activity was a very long walk from Malham village to Malham Tarn observing the Limestone scenery, such as Gordale scar, Janet’s Foss etc. Even though the walk was very tiring, everyone at the end had a smile on their faces. As we were approaching the limestone pavement we unfortunately came across a dead sheep, it was baaaaaaad!
We found the limestone pavement very interesting and not many of us slipped down between the cracks, we walked down a steep valley on our way to view the huge Malham Cove, descending down hundred of steps. This was challenging but educationally rewarding.
Mr Watt told us about the time he climbed it!
In the evening we had another yummy dinner, then we began the team building activities like a nightline and the magic carpet challenge, they were well fun! Especially “The G Factor”. We were in groups and given a topic on what we have learned about to act out things about it, we had 10 minutes to prepare for this. The teachers were the judges and Mr Coole was Gary Barlow and did a great impression of him :). All of the groups had very much fun doing this. Group 1, called Oh Haaaaaay! pretty much laughed all the way through because of an excellent cow impression while we were talking, haha! :). Group 5 called The Waterfallers won the most points overall and won the prizes. Everyone enjoyed that night and will always remember how funny it was to participate in that activity and have fun with their group!
On the last day, we travelled to Clapham village. We walked up to Ingleborough Cave to look at the stalagmites and stalactites. Some had funny names like Queen Victoria’s Bloomers, the Sword of Damocles and the Mushroom. This was a great experience as we had never been inside a cave system before. We found it amazing what the caves really looked like inside, and the fact that they went on for miles, some still undiscovered.
Overall we would recommend this as it was a fantastic trip. It will also benefit your geographical knowledge. I would definitely go on this trip if you get the chance! 🙂 🙂 🙂
From the geography department: Many thanks to all the students who behaved excellently through the whole trip- many positive comments about you all from:
John- the tour guide in Ingleborough cave
Little old ladies – walking along the Watlows dry valley
Martin- in charge of the youth hostel
Other teachers- from a UK girls school who were also staying at the YHA
You all did SNHS proud!